Wow, it’s been a while. I haven’t written a blog in a few months. I have some exciting news, though! For many of you, this won’t be anything new, but for some of you, perhaps you haven’t yet heard: I published my first book!!
The Earth-Treader is now available on Amazon and will be available at major retailers soon! The company I’m publishing with has finally gotten back to me and has cleared up a portion of the problem, so I have high hopes the rest will follow suit as well. I will be sure to update.
Now to tell you a little bit about my writing journey. (Again, sorry if this is repetitive.)
I began writing Rylla’s story back in the spring of 2016 while in my honors creative writing class at college, and at that time, her love interest’s name was William and she had no brothers. I reopened that same document in January 2020, during some of the last few days of my Christmas break, and I was both shocked and disappointed with that I had written. I knew it had potential, but it was so short.
I only had about 30 pages written at the time, and I kid you not when I say that most of it was awful. I had no direction, no clear plot, no captivating moments…it was truly an abysmal story. I sent it off to my brother who confirmed my worst fears and challenged me to write in a new direction. After a few hours of brainstorming, it hit me, and I went back to editing the entire thing.
The process took a long time, but once I had my idea, I went with it. I could see the plot unfurl like a wave hitting the shore. My characters grew deeper, the scenery more lush and vivid, the conflict and resolution more poignant. I finally had my story.
Fast forward to the first week of July, my book was done, the last line written! For so long I had envisioned the final battle scene of my book, and when it eventually came time to write it, I was shocked when it was over.
Next came the editing process, which took me about a month. It made my writing so much better, and honestly enhanced my story so much more. (Thank you, Jane!) And then came the interior artwork and map which I was so excited to get. Truly incredible work. (Thank you, Chaim!) And finally came my cover art, which is amazing. I can’t stop looking at my cover. (Thank you, Kirk!)
I’ve met so many wonderful people on this journey, and who knows, maybe I’ll write more stories set in the Earthen-Crest kingdoms. I’ve grown to love Rylla, Caz, Elowen, Jovin, Moo, Fang, Garth, Finn, Winnie, Uwan…the list goes on. So many characters, so many stories. I may choose to write more about them one day.
All I know is that I will continue to keep writing, and I have a few new stories coming up that I can’t wait to share with you all!
Thank you for following along and for all your support! And thank you for reading.
Be you of good courage,